God's Little Acre

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Going Green

My bicycle

I went green today, no I didn't replace my lightbulbs with energy efficient varieties, I got on my bike. I have already replaced all my light bulbs, I recycle much of my rubbish but what I did today, made me really green.

For the first time in about 6 months I dragged my trusty Sirrus Pro from out of the cupboard and cycled to work. My stopping smoking phase is history unfortunately, and after about 5 minutes I had turned a quesy shade of green. I arrived safely at work about half an hour later coughing up the residues of my Marlboro addiction. I am really unfit, but with the days slowly getting longer (I don't like cycling in the dark) I am going to be doing a lot more on my two wheeled stead.

I have had this bike about 4 years and apart from a dodgy set of wheels, which Specialized replaced with ultra-slick Shimanos, it has been a really reliable means of transport. The relatively high cost of the bike has long since been paid for by the money I have saved in petrol or bus fares.

My company is going green too. We ordered our first hybrid chauffeur car a couple of weeks ago, and we believe we are the first chauffeur company to introduce hybrid vehicles to our fleet. We have been leading up to this point over 18 months, and in the coming weeks we will announce that our whole vehicle fleet will be carbon offset, which is good. What we really want to do though is get hydrogen powered vehicles, like the BMW Hydrogen 7. Unfortunately these probably won't be available for a few years, but we will be the first in line to buy them. The ultimate car for our chauffeur business would be a Hydrogen powered Rolls-Royce Phantom, I hope with BMW's connection with Rolls, that they do indeed produce such a vehicle. Time will tell.

The Toyota Prius is used by a few mini-cab companies and some eco-aware individuals, but even a Prius or any other greener vehicle can prove costly to the environment. This week I have been overtaken twice on the motorway by Prius drivers doing at least 100mph! Which sort of defeats the object, I feel.

Anyway, even a hydrogen powered mini would be nowhere near as environmentally friendly as my good old bike. So if you see a green hued cyclist, give me a wave or even better some oxygen.